Upgrading OpenOffice on Asus EEE PC

There is a problem with OpenOffice 2.0 bundled with Asus EEE PC. This version is not capable to open some extensions, which are important. You might want to upgrade OpenOffice.org to work on those extensions.

First you need to remove the current version. Type the following command

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*

This command will remove the current version. Download the latest version and unpack the archive. Move to DEBS folder and type the following command

sudo -dpkg -i openoffice.org* 

If you wish to integrate the icons in KDE menu, you will have to move to desktop-integration directory inside DEBS and run the following command

sudo -dpkg -i openoffice*
Now if you are willing to run the program directly from /usr/bin without going inside the installation directory, you will have to create symbolic links.  Here are the commands to create symbolic links to /usr/bin


 sudo ln -s /opt/openoffice.org2.3/program/swriter /usr/bin/

sudo ln -s /opt/openoffice.org2.3/program/scalc /usr/bin/

sudo ln -s /opt/openoffice.org2.3/program/simpress /usr/bin/

sudo ln -s /opt/openoffice.org2.3/program/sbase /usr/bin/

sudo ln -s /opt/openoffice.org2.3/program/soffice /usr/bin/

sudo ln -s /opt/openoffice.org2.3/program/smath /usr/bin/

sudo ln -s /opt/openoffice.org2.3/program/sdraw /usr/bin/

Finally, you will have to edit the Easy mode also. In the easy mode editor, replace the command tabs with the following entries

For Documents, /usr/bin/swriter

For Spreadsheets, /usr/bin/scalc

For Presentations, /usr/bin/simpress

That’s all. Now you have the latest version installed on your EEE PC.

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Written by: Björn A.

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  • http://leebowie.com lee

    I do the first step and openoffice is removed as expected. However I can’t find a DEBS folder.

    What am I doing wrong?

  • admin

    Try using this tutorial instead, it is easier to follow:
    http://wiki.eeeuser.com/howto:ooo2.3

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  • uris

    I tried to do it on eee 2G, but filed due full disk.
    Any idea what I can do?
    at least – how can I restore the old openoffice v2.0?

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  • Oliverhet

    How do I unpack the archive. What is the command?

  • bootz

    I cannot find easy mode LOL I did everything else upgraded to openoffice 3.0 and openclipart 1.8 very nice… but I can’t figure out how to do the last step???

    Finally, you will have to edit the Easy mode also. In the easy mode editor, replace the command tabs with the following entries

    For Documents, /usr/bin/swriter

    For Spreadsheets, /usr/bin/scalc

    For Presentations, /usr/bin/simpress

  • http://download.projectsakura.com/eeepc/emeditor.html bootz

    ah now I have the easy mode editor, and tried to make the changes above, by sticking /usr/bin/swriter under command …writer won’t launch. If I type /usr/bin/swriter in command line openoffice3 writer launches fine, so I know it works, I just can’t for the life of me change these icons arrrrrgh

  • http://download.projectsakura.com/eeepc/emeditor.html bootz

    ok… just had to change desktop theme… who knows why, probably to refresh, although I did restart it 5 times… everythings good now… I installed openoffice3 and openclipart this thing rocks!!!!!!

  • http://OFFICEOPEN.ORG JERRY THOMAS

    I WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS FOR EVERY DAY USE.

  • http://eeepc.net/upgrading-openoffice-on-asus-eee-pc/ David B

    Do you have the instructions to update to version 3.0?

  • Thomas

    How do i personalize my desktop theme on Asus eee pc

  • http://www.kkarinhaglund.blogg.se Karin

    “Move to DEBS folder and type the following command” I find the DEBS folder, I just don’t know where to type. Help?

  • Test

    install on the same way http://de.libreoffice.org/ because Openoffice 3.4 doesnt work!!!!
    The comand is wrong!!! –> sudo dpkg -i *.deb

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